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Re: Nissan LEAF Light Bulb Mods: LEDs Anyone?

Sun May 29, 2011 7:07 am

garygid wrote:I saw a CHP motorcycle with the quick-blink brake lights just the other day here in CA.
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Re: Nissan LEAF Light Bulb Mods: LEDs Anyone?

Wed Jun 01, 2011 5:09 pm

I am having trouble with the H11 bulbs for the driving lights
they won't light after plugging them in :x
they work when connected to a 12V battery
any ideas?

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Re: Nissan LEAF Light Bulb Mods: LEDs Anyone?

Wed Jun 01, 2011 8:58 pm

The polarity is backwards?
Mx5racer wrote:I am having trouble with the H11 bulbs for the driving lights
they won't light after plugging them in :x
they work when connected to a 12V battery
any ideas?

the bulbs are
WHITE H11 18 SMD LED
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Re: Nissan LEAF Light Bulb Mods: LEDs Anyone?

Wed Jun 01, 2011 9:43 pm

They only go in one way
Unless they are assembled backwards of the stock bulbs
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Re: Nissan LEAF Light Bulb Mods: LEDs Anyone?

Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:01 pm

Bad connection? Do the original bulbs still work? Same problem on both sides?
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Re: Nissan LEAF Light Bulb Mods: LEDs Anyone?

Wed Jun 01, 2011 10:42 pm

Since the stock incandescent bulbs are not polarity sensitive, it may very well be that they paid no attention to it in the design or production of the car. I'll bet you are going to have to swap the wires... You can take a voltmeter and measure the polarity to confirm this.
Mx5racer wrote:They only go in one way
Unless they are assembled backwards of the stock bulbs
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Re: Nissan LEAF Light Bulb Mods: LEDs Anyone?

Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:15 pm

Skywagon wrote:I have already changed all of the incandescents in my LEAF to LED. I purchased (or had them previously) from V-LEDs and I am happy with the quality.
I drove for the first time after dark in the Leaf yesterday and the low beam LEDs are great. But in contrast to them, the H9 high beams are dreadfull. Near yellow compared to the ultra white 5500K of the low beam LEDs.
Which LEDs, manufacturer / model, did you use for the H9 high beams? I looked at the V-LEDs web site listed later in the topic and it didn't list a H9 LED replacement?

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Re: Nissan LEAF Light Bulb Mods: LEDs Anyone?

Thu Jun 02, 2011 4:26 pm

TimLee wrote:
Skywagon wrote:I have already changed all of the incandescents in my LEAF to LED. I purchased (or had them previously) from V-LEDs and I am happy with the quality.
I drove for the first time after dark in the Leaf yesterday and the low beam LEDs are great. But in contrast to them, the H9 high beams are dreadfull. Near yellow compared to the ultra white 5500K of the low beam LEDs.
Which LEDs, manufacturer / model, did you use for the H9 high beams? I looked at the V-LEDs web site listed later in the topic and it didn't list a H9 LED replacement?
I guess I should have stated all incandescents instead of the high beams... no LED will replace the light output of those lights, especially ones that will fit in an H9 location.

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Re: Nissan LEAF Light Bulb Mods: LEDs Anyone?

Thu Jun 02, 2011 10:42 pm

Much worse than the color temperature is that they put out little light. For 55 watt halogens, they are unbelievably dim. I think it is due simply to poor reflector design and construction.
TimLee wrote:
Skywagon wrote:But in contrast to them, the H9 high beams are dreadfull. Near yellow compared to the ultra white 5500K of the low beam LEDs.
Which LEDs, manufacturer / model, did you use for the H9 high beams? I looked at the V-LEDs web site listed later in the topic and it didn't list a H9 LED replacement?
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Re: Nissan LEAF Light Bulb Mods: LEDs Anyone?

Fri Jun 03, 2011 3:53 pm

Has anyone taken out the H9 high beam bulbs to see what brand they are?
As yellow as they appear they must be a base standard H9 and around 3000K color temperature.
Seems like replacing them with Sylvania Silverstar Ultra 4100K color temperature should help some, right?

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